RES’ First UK Solar Farm Starts to Export Electricity to Grid

RES has started 2015 by celebrating the completion of its first solar farm in the UK. Four Burrows Solar Farm near Truro, Cornwall, became fully operational on Monday 12 January following a six month construction period with EPC contractor Oskomera, culminating in the successful commissioning of the project.

Situated adjacent to RES’ operational Four Burrows Wind Farm, which has been generating renewable electricity since 1995, the new solar farm occupies some 14 hectares (34 acres) and will generate sufficient clean, green electricity to meet the average annual needs of more than 1,300 homes.

Commenting on the successful completion of the project, RES’ Head of UK Solar Tom Fewster says:
“Four Burrows Solar Farm is a significant achievement for RES. Not only is this our first solar farm in the UK, it is also the first location where we have successfully combined onshore wind and solar technologies to create a ‘Renewables Hub’.”

RES’ success in Cornwall is spearheading the company’s UK solar energy development programme, which includes stand-alone solar projects and other locations where the company is proposing to combine wind and solar technologies.

Tom explains: “As a responsible developer, RES is constantly seeking ways to maximise renewable energy generation while minimising impacts on the environment and communities hosting our projects. Where it proves practical, co-locating renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar – and in the near future, energy storage facilities – on a single site makes a lot of sense. It maximises the use of land earmarked for energy generation and can deliver cost and environmental benefits by sharing aspects such as access tracks and grid connections.”

RES’ entry into the UK solar market builds on the company’s successes in Europe and the Americas. The company has the in-house capabilities to develop a solar project from early site selection, through planning and construction to asset management and maintenance.

At Four Burrows Solar Farm, RES will asset manage the site with Oskomera Solar Power Solutions providing Operation and Maintenance services.

 

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